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Similac Formula Recall Information

Temporary Allowed Formula Substitutions for Abbott/Similac Recall

Updated June 7, 2022

On February 17, the FDA recalled Similac (including Similac Advance, Similac Sensitive, Similac Total Comfort, and Similac for Spit Up), Similac Alimentum, or Similac EleCare powdered infant formulas. Recalled Similac products have been removed from stores. Any WIC-approved Similac products that are not included in the recall are safe and you can keep buying them with your WIC benefits. We know that some stores have sold out of Similac products that are not a part of the recall. If Similac products are not available, check this list for WIC-approved substitutions.

You may have heard in the news that formulas from the United Kingdom and Australia have been approved to use as a healthy alternate formula. The first shipments of the products are expected to be in Rhode Island Target stores the week of June 6. Target stores in Rhode Island do not accept WIC, so you cannot use your eWIC benefits to buy food there. You can use other forms of payment to buy this formula at Target. More shipments are coming, and as soon as these products are available at Rhode Island WIC-approved vendors, we will let you know.

Different brands can have different size containers. So, if you are buying one of the approved substitutions, you might not get the same number of containers. You will get the same amount of formula. Call your local WIC agency if you have questions about how many containers of the substitute formula you can but with your available benefits.

Your benefit balance/shopping list will still show Similac products, but you will be able to purchase the Enfamil replacements.

These substitutions are temporary and will end once Similac formula supply issues are fixed.

Helpful tips for parents who are having trouble finding baby formula.

WIC benefits help to provide healthy pregnancies, healthy growth and development for women and children up to the age of five years old.

What you should do

  • Use your WIC Approved Food Guide (en espanol) when shopping to help you choose WIC-approved foods.
  • Use your WIC benefits at one of the state-wide approved WIC Vendors. You can also use the WIC Shopper app to find the nearest WIC vendors and clinics.
  • If you miss or need an appointment, or have a question, call your local WIC Office (hours of operation varies per agency) or call the RIDOH Information Line (401) 222-5960.

To make shopping with WIC easier, learn more about Rhode Island WIC's new shopper app.

WIC Collaboration Videos & Recipes (Download here all recipes)

Avocado Toast

Jeanette Nessett, RDN, LDN
March 3, 2021
Read the recipe card here.

Spicy Tuna Wraps

Jeanette Nessett, RDN, LDN
March 5, 2021
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Honey Oat Parfait

Jeanette Nessett, RDN, LDN
March 5, 2021
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Note: Honey is not recommended for children under the age of 2.

Stuffed Peppers with Bean Salad

Jeanette Nessett, RDN, LDN
March 5, 2021
Read the recipe card here.